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SafeScript - Tackling the Difficult Conversations

SafeScript presents an opportunity to reduce harms associated with high-risk medications, to promote quality use of medicines and to support patients with substance use disorders such as opioid dependence.  Join us to learn more about how to navigate the honest, and sometimes difficult, conversations which have the potential to make a significant difference in the lives and health outcomes of your patients.

Topics and Speakers 

Prescribing Suboxone to manage opioid dependence in primary care 
Dr Benny Monheit, Addiction Medicine Specialist at SouthCity Clinic, Alfred Health

Effective conversation strategies to address substance misuse 
Dr Ann Marie Diggins, GP and Area 4 Pharmacotherapy Network GP Mentor

SafeScript-related role-plays and case-based discussions 
Dr Ferghal Armstrong, GP and Addiction Medicine Registrar at Turning Point, Eastern Health

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify appropriate treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in the Primary Care Setting
  • Utilise evidence-based techniques to elicit behaviour change in patients identified through SafeScript.
  • Apply strategies to have effective conversations with patients to address high-risk medication and/or substance use.


RACGP CPD activity (4 points)in the 2020-2022 triennium - Activity ID: 180112.


No cost but registration is essential. Light refreshments provided.

Further Details

For further information please contact Jana Dostal, Manager Area 4 Pharmacotherapy Network at
Email: or M: 0428 785 371.

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SEMPHN events
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
18:30 - 21:00
Allied Health Professional, General Practitioner, Nurse - Practice Nurse, Pharmacist, Practice Manager


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